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    We Heart Dogs

    With the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show around the corner (Feb 10-11 at Madison Square Garden) we thought it fitting to celebrate by putting your dog in the spotlight. Have you always thought that you and your dog should take your “show” on the road? We want to see it! Upload a picture of your dog and you could win an overnight stay at the Hotel 373 Fifth Avenue. Our “expert” panel of judges will vote and declare the winner. To enter simply like us on facebook and visit to upload your picture http://a.pgtb.me/FmMkf4.

    01-23-2014 14:48,

    CATEGORIES: INTERESTS, MIDTOWN, NYC, Neighborhoods, Special Offers


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    New York City Food & Wine Festival 2013

    The 2013 New York City Food and Wine Festival (October 17-20)  promises to be nothing short of a culinary extravaganza. This annual culinary event, hosted by the Food network brings together top names in the culinary scene for a week of tastings, late night parties, seminars, demonstrations, book signings and more.  Proceeds from the event benefit the New York City Food Bank and Share Our Strength.  The list of participating chefs is a practical who’s who of the NYC and global culinary scene, including bold faced names like cronut creator Dominique Ansel, Masaharu Morimoto, Todd English and from our sister property Duane Street Hotel Chef Jehangir Mehta owner of Mehtaphor.  To learn more about the NYC Food & Wine festival and to purchase tickets to the events visit their website.

    09-23-2013 13:23,

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    CATEGORIES: Blog Category, Food & Wine, INTERESTS, MIDTOWN, NYC, Neighborhoods


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    Shakespeare in the Park

    Each year New Yorkers eagerly anticipate The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park series. The New York Times calls the series “the most beloved of the city’s summer theater rites and a cherished New York institution.” Over the past 50 years, more than 5 million people have enjoyed productions at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for free.​​  Actors such as Patrick Stewart, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Jimmy Smits, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, Sam Waterston, Jesse L. Martin, Kevin Kline, Anne Hathaway and Al Pacino have graced the Delacorte stage over the years to the delight of audiences. This year’s performance is Loves Labour’s Lost.

    Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free and can only be obtained the day of a performance. At 12 noon tickets are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte to the line of people that usually springs up early in the morning when the park opens at 6AM. People have been known to camp out at the park entrance closest to the theater, 81st & Central Park West, to get tickets for that day’s performance.  For more information please visit: http://www.shakespeareinthepark.org/

    Tuesday July 23, 2013 – Sunday August 18, 2013
    8:30PM start performance, running time is approx. 90-minutes with no intermission

    Delacorte Theater
    Central Park, Manhattan – enter at Central Park West & 81st St

     

    “Central Park at Sunset” © Francisco Diez used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    08-01-2013 14:30,

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    CATEGORIES: Blog Category, Green, INTERESTS, MIDTOWN, NYC, Neighborhoods


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    Movies in Bryant Park

    There are over 500 ways to enjoy summer in New York and this includes the annual free film screenings in Bryant Park. Grab your picnic basket, a blanket and don’t forget the popcorn.  For a list of  movie times and dates please visit http://ow.ly/mkqOE

    “Bryant park summer movie Monday’s” ©Allen Burt issued under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    07-24-2013 16:58,

    CATEGORIES: Blog Category, Green, INTERESTS, MIDTOWN, NYC, Neighborhoods


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    Make way for the King….

    The King of Blues that is- Jazz Legend B.B. King plays at the  B.B. King Blues Club & Grill  on April 16, buy your ticket now as this will be an event you do not want to miss!

    “Blue Guitar” ©Jorge Franganillo  used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    03-07-2013 19:51,

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    CATEGORIES: INTERESTS, MIDTOWN, NYC, Music, Neighborhoods


    A New York Bike Share program is coming to Midtown this spring

    Bikeshare programs have cropped up around major cities in the U.S. and a program sponsored by Citibank is set to arrive in New York this spring!

    “Among the seals” ©istolethetv used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    01-20-2013 01:27,

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    CATEGORIES: Green, MIDTOWN, NYC


    This artist brings cinematic stills to life

    Artist Christopher Maloney’s keen eye and cinematic flair help to point out and capture some of the most memorable on-screen moments.

    ©Jerine used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    01-20-2013 01:26,

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    CATEGORIES: MIDTOWN, NYC, Museums


    Top picks for NYC shopping!

    In Midtown you’re so close to all things exciting, here are New York magazine’s top picks for shopping in NYC.

    “Spring was in the air- Henri Bendel’s window display on Fifth Avenue in #Manhattan” ©Nicole Beauchamp used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

     

    01-20-2013 01:23,

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    CATEGORIES: MIDTOWN, NYC, Shopping & Style


    The Knicks continue to have a successful season

    The Knicks are BACK! Let’s hope their luck and talent lasts them throughout the season.

    ©Scott Mecum used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    01-20-2013 01:21,

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    CATEGORIES: MIDTOWN, NYC, Sporting Life


    The exhausting tasting menus of the top restaurants in NYC and around the country

    Don’t have the big wallet to dine at tony establishments like Bouley or Eleven Madison Park? You may not have the time either!  Here are some of the lengthier tasting menus from the top dining establishments in New York.

    “Lift Autumn Tasting Menu ” ©Jules jules jules M used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    01-20-2013 01:19,

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    CATEGORIES: Food & Wine, MIDTOWN, NYC